Tense Stand-Off Leads to Dorchester Man Arrested for Slaughtering Two Women and Dog

At about 12:26 PM, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, Officers assigned to District C-11 responded to a call for a person stabbed at 26 Taft Street, Dorchester. On arrival, officers discovered two adult females suffering from stab wounds at an inside crime scene. One female was pronounced dead on scene, and a second was transported to Boston Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Two minor children who were found at the scene were transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

Neighbors in the immediate area reported that one of the women who died was the grandmother who lived on the first floor of the triple decker, and the other woman was the adult daughter of one of the residents in the house. The neighbor also disclosed that the suspect in custody is a relative of theirs who had said he had been feeling troubled, with the neighbor recalling a conversation with the man roughly two weeks prior where he said he “didn’t feel good and confident about his life”.

While a motive has not been established, Boston Police Officers have arrested Marcus Chavis, 34, of Dorchester. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Murder (2 Counts) and Animal Cruelty. The dog that was injured in the midst of the incident was taken to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center for treatment. There has been no update on his or her condition at this time.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.    Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.